Asahi Corporation and Chiba Hokusoh hospital flies 10 thousand missions
Aero-Asahi Corporation and Chiba Hokusoh Hospital have set a Japanese HEMS record, by flying 10,000 Doctor-Heli missions. The flights were performed exclusively by MD 902s.
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Aero-Asahi is an authorised MDHI service center and operates nine MD 900/902 Explorers, with six in full-time operation as HEMS aircraft.
“We are very proud to celebrate this achievement with Hokusoh Hospital and the teams at Aero Asahi and AeroPartners.”
Nick Nenadovic, vice president, Aftermarket and Customer Support for MD Helicopters said: “We are very proud to celebrate this achievement with Hokusoh Hospital and the teams at Aero Asahi and AeroPartners. The incredible performance of this aircraft since its inaugural flight in 2001 is a testament not only to the quality production and reliability of the aircraft, but to a shared commitment to exceptional customer support and flawless execution.”
Aero-Asahi has been involved in the Doctor-Heli HEMS since 2001. In 2001, Chiba Hokusoh Hospital became one of the first hospitals to participate in Japan’s national HEMS program, operating the MD 902 since day one.
Today, they are one of 45 hospitals across Japan with active HEMS programs and respond to more than 1,000 calls each year.
“Hospital HEMS programs enable medical teams to begin emergency treatment on-site,” said an Aero Asahi Corporation spokesperson, “and the MD 902 Explorer is a perfect platform for the Doctor-Heli program for so many reasons. Chief among these are the safety and low noise profile of the NOTAR System, the wide cabin and customisable, easy-to-use EMS interior, and FADEC technology that allows for quick start engines.”
Hokusoh Hospital’s 10,000th mission was flown on April 18, 2015.
“This partnership with AeroPartners and Aero-Asahi, and their impeccable day-to-day support of Hokusoh Hospital, has undoubtedly saved thousands of lives over the years. It is an honour to know our aircraft has helped play a part in that,” Nenadovic added.